Muslim countries reject political blackmail campaigns against Saudi Arabia

A number of countries have expressed solidarity with Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)
Updated 16 October 2018

Muslim countries reject political blackmail campaigns against Saudi Arabia

  • Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa affirmed the nation’s strong support of the firm Saudi stance against any attempt or threats to undermine it
  • Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora affirmed that Saudi Arabia, through its history, is a key Arab pillar that supports moderation

JEDDAH: Bahrain, Sudan, Somalia and Kosovo are among those who have expressed their solidarity with Saudi Arabia against the attempts by international forces to exploit the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a media campaign against the Kingdom.

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al-Khalifa affirmed the nation’s strong support of the firm Saudi stance against any attempt or threats to undermine it, expressing strong condemnation of the false claims against the Kingdom by some media outlets.

The Sudanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on everyone not to allow those who are keen to undermine the nation to take this opportunity. A statement from the ministry called on Saudi Arabia and Turkey to address this issue in its legal and diplomatic dimensions.

Somalia stressed the need to keep away from schemes and campaigns against Saudi Arabia, and confirms the Kingdom’s firm position and support for the stability and sovereignty of Arab countries. 

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora affirmed that Saudi Arabia, through its history, is a key Arab pillar that supports moderation. He added that the Kingdom combats terrorism and extremism, and enhancing peace, particularly in the Islamic world, is the Saudi goal.

He lauded the formation of the Saudi-Turkish expert team to uncover the circumstances of Khashoggi’s disappearance, calling for the avoidance of false accusations.

The Islamic chiefdom in Kosovo has announced its full solidarity with Saudi Arabia against whoever tries to undermine its position and regional status, stressing its absolute rejection of all attempts to harm the Kingdom.

Issa Khaira Robleh, director general of the Union of News Agencies, a specialized media organ of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has denounced the tendentious media campaign against Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed bin Abdulmohsen Al-Awwash, chairman of the Arab Countries Broadcasting Union, confirmed his organization’s strong rejection and denunciation of the hostile campaign in the media against the Kingdom. The Khashoggi case, he said, is still under investigation and Saudi Arabia has expressed unlimited readiness to reveal the truth.

The Mufti of Lebanon Abdul Latif Derian said that political blackmail campaigns against Saudi Arabia are seen as provocation and a challenge to the feelings of more than a billion Muslims.


Saudi environmental art exhibition opens in Jeddah

Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi environmental art exhibition opens in Jeddah

JEDDAH: A Saudi art exhibition highlighting environmental concerns on Tuesday opened in Jeddah.

Organized by the Saudi Art Council with the support of the Ministry of Culture, the seventh edition of 21,39 Jeddah Arts will run until April 18 under the title, “I Love You, Urgently.”

The central theme of the exhibition will examine pressing issues related to the natural world, global climate change and environmental sustainability through a series of individual artistic explorations.

The event will include a range of artistic, cultural and social activities held throughout the city including multiple art exhibitions for Saudi youth with different methods and schools of contemporary and conceptual art aimed at putting the modern art scene under the spotlight.

The 21,39 name for the event is derived from the geographical coordinates of the latitude and longitude of Jeddah city.